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ITF calls on unions to 'focus' in fight against economic crisis impact

The International Transport Workers Federation has urged unions to focus on their goals.

21 April 2011

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has called on unions to "focus" on certain areas if their fight against the impact of the global economic crisis is to be successful.

Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the organisation, recently told a meeting of the ITF executive board that key areas are jobs, decent work and organising.

Speaking in London, Ms Burrow highlighted the plight of workers, many of whom have been forced to take on "precarious employment" or seek jobs in the informal sector.

It was claimed that the ITF would be "stepping up" its work around the world and promoted a new "growth model", in which social protection is a key aspect.

"We're under attack and the only way to fight back is to organise," she said, adding that collective bargaining rights are "being eroded" around the world.

Earlier in the month, the ITF called on airline Qantas to attend strike negotiations and condemned its training of manager in the US for use as strikebreakers.

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